ANALYSIS: Regional pilot woes could speed fleet changes at United

United Express Embraer 175

United Airlines could speed up the shift to large regional jets and small mainline aircraft from 50-seat regional jets if the pilot shortage at regional carriers gets worse in the coming years. The Chicago-based carrier removed 30-seat Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia turboprops from its feeder fleet during the first half of 2015 and is on-track to […]

United’s Costly A350 Delay

United Airlines Airbus A350-1000

In January, Qatar Airways became the first airline to put the Airbus A350 “mini-jumbo” jet into commercial service, whisking passengers more than 2,800 miles from Doha to Frankfurt, Germany. By 2017, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines will be flying the new aircraft, as will more than a dozen other carriers including Finnair, Air China, […]

United Airlines does not see a fit for Airbus A380

United Airbus A380

United Continental Holdings Inc has been in talks about purchasing the world’s biggest passenger jet from Airbus Group SE, the A380, but at the moment does not see it fitting with its fleet, the airline said Wednesday. The Chicago-based airline confirmed that its chief financial officer, John Rainey, told aviation news outlet Flightglobal: “We’ve looked […]

United, Boeing Executives Talk Aviation

United Airlines Boeing 787

United Airlines is working to improve customer satisfaction by improving the reliability of its flights, and Boeing says the U.S. government next month needs to reauthorize an international credit agency that not only helps the aerospace giant sell airplanes but supports American businesses and jobs.. Those were among the topics that executives at United and […]

American Airlines and United modified Dreamliner orders to enhance fleet mix – Boeing

American Airline 787 Dreamliner

Boeing executives said Tuesday that delays in airline orders for 787 Dreamliners from American and United airlines stemmed from matching aircraft with their needs, not any disappointment with the innovative aircraft. “Nothing about our fundamental view of the market has changed,” Jim McNerney, Boeing’s CEO, said during an investor day conference. “Airlines are increasingly profitable,” […]

Boeing’s Latest Big Plane Sale Could Be a Tiny Nightmare for Profits

Boeing 777

Not in the matter of sheer numbers, mind you. In fact, from the perspective of plain (or plane?) mathematics, nothing much changed about Boeing’s order book at all. One week ago, Boeing was telling investors it had booked 127 gross plane orders, suffered 16 cancellations, and thus ended up with a “net” order book of […]

United Airlines swaps 10 Boeing Dreamliners for 777-300ER jets

United Airlines Boeing 787 Livery

United Airlines said Thursday that it has swapped 10 orders of Boeing Co 787 Dreamliners for 10 larger 777-300ER jets, marking a victory for the plane manufacturer as it seeks to sell out the 777 planes before their production ends. The news follows months of speculation that Chicago-based United Continental Holdings Inc would make the […]

FAA Steps Up Oversight of United Airlines

United Airlines Airbus A350-1000

In the wake of its own damning internal email to pilots to more or less shape up after several major safety events and near-misses, United Airlines has been under increased scrutiny from the Federal Aviation Administration, according to a new report. The Wall Street Journal has viewed a letter from the FAA sent to United’s […]

United Airlines, Avianca mull potential jet options for 757 fleet

United Airlines Boeing 757

United Airlines is looking at the latest upgraded A321 model from Airbus as well as concepts being touted by Boeing as potential replacements for its Boeing 757 fleet, but does not see a purchase in the near future, a senior executive said on Tuesday. The airline industry is increasingly debating the future of a potentially […]